An employer may only require or permit an employee to perform night work, if so

agreed, and if—


(a) the employee is compensated by the payment of an allowance, which may be

a shift allowance, or by a reduction of working hours; and


(b) transportation is available between the employee’s place of residence and the

workplace at the commencement and conclusion of the employee’s shift.


The Basic Conditions of Employment Act does not make a provision for free meals for employees who work overtime. This provision has to be negotiated between the parties and if the parties agree to a free meal, for employees who work overtime, it should be set out in an employment contract or any other written agreement entered into between the parties.

For further information you can contact Bernard Reisner:
W. Tel: 021 423 3959
Fax: 021 423 2105
Cell: 082 433 3959